Fair-trade coffee beans are intended to give coffee farmers, including many who live in developing countries, reasonable prices for their crops. Marlene Brown, owner of Coffee On the Go… use fair-trade coffees in all of the drinks that fill their shop with happy chatter. The little red coffeehouse is built to resemble an old-fashioned train caboose, which is appropriate given how close the kiosk is to the Western Museum of Mining & Industry and how frequently blues musicians write songs about it.
Cloaked in curtains of steam, baristas warm milk for cappuccinos with railroad-themed names and craft hot cocoa. Smoothies brim with the flavors of additive-free fruit pulp, and a drive-up coffee kiosk ensures that on-the-go customers need only open their car window or wooden horse’s trap door to collect a drink.
Few cups of coffee have a purpose beyond waking up the person who sips them. Mission Coffee Roasters' piping hot mugs of fresh roasted coffee serve a higher calling. Part of the profits from every sale go to fund missions projects and local non profits including UpaDowna, an initiative of the Pikes Peak Community Foundation. The staffers provide customers with more ways to contribute than picking up their morning coffee, though. They also serve all natural, fresh-baked pastries, sell bagged coffee and tea, and even flavored syrups from Monin to add a little extra flavor to any drink. Mission Coffee Roasters also offers a conference room for offsite meetings and a co-working space available by the hour.
Executive chef Waiming Tung brings 20 years of cooking experience to Fusion World Cuisine and its menu of fare influenced by the flavors of Asia and Europe and tuned to the key of "fuse." Use your lunch break to experiment with the chicken vegetable stir-fry ($5.95) or bring an order of pepper shrimp ($8.95) home to your taste laboratory. All lunch specials come with rice and a choice of egg drop, hot and sour, or miso soup. Nocturnal eaters can nosh on traditional Chinese staples such as orange beef ($12.25) and General Tsao chicken ($9.25). Dinnermates sporting two sets of taste buds can find common ground through fusion specialties such as the lobster and scallop pasta ($18.25) tossed with a light herb-pesto sauce and garnished with fish roe. Fusion World Cuisine also offers two three-course meal deals: the Asian meal ($15.95) lets diners choose from a list of traditional Chinese dishes, and the fusion dinner ($25.95) gives diners free reign over the menu, offering the sort of satisfying freedom known only to math tutors locked in rooms packed with calculators and truth tables.
Borriello Brothers Pizza didn't just copy New York-style pizza—they imported it. Owned by New York natives, the pizza joint pays tribute to the city's staple, craftting their pizzas with attention to detail. Their sauce comes from California tomatoes, they only use 100% real whole milk mozzarella cheese, and they layer their pizzas with sausage made from prime cuts of pork. The result is a pie that grew out of original New York recipes, just as the city's skyscrapers sprout from cracks in the sidewalks. In addition to traditional NY-style pizzas, they serve Sicilian crust pizzas, and feature signature pies with toppings such as Genoa salami, sliced steak, and baked ziti. The menu also incorporates calzones, pastas, and other Italian specialties.
Since 1984, Champps Americana's kitchen has sizzled with made-from-scratch dishes, satiating sports fans and families with a comfortable atmosphere. Amid sunlit dining rooms, diners seated at wooden tabletops can root for their favorite pixels on flat-screen TVs broadcasting live sports. In the kitchen, chefs prepare pastas with grilled chicken and roasted artichokes, pile buns with barbecued pulled pork and spicy buffalo chicken, and fill soft taco shells with grilled steak. Behind the bar, bartenders whip up specialty cocktails and margaritas and fill goblets with wine and local craft beers on tap.
Each morning as the sun blossoms in the sky, chilled containers of fresh seafood arrive at Bara Sushi and Grill, causing chefs to smile in anticipation of the day’s creations. Lobster tail, salmon, and shrimp share space with unique sidekicks such as potato crunch, goat cheese, and mango in sushi rolls with names including The Big Lebowksi, Red Dragon, and Crouching Tiger. During midday hours, diners can ditch peanut-butter sandwiches for customizable lunchboxes, which can be filled with selections such as teriyaki chicken, veggie tempura, hall passes that never expire, and spicy tuna rolls.